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Restaurant Tipping Do's and Don'ts

Why stiffing the server is never an option
Posted at 10:25 AM, Nov 13, 2019

The do's and don'ts of restaurant tipping seem to be debatable.

But for Etiquette Expert, Camille Monk, it's straightforward, "Anytime someone is of service to you, a tip is required. Most people in the service industry within restaurants are making $2.30 an hour - $2.50 an hour, well under the minimum wage rates."

Monk says there is an appropriate tip.

"What's appropriate is 15 to 20 percent."

What about if you're just picking up food to-go, do you still tip in those cases?

"You absolutely tip in those cases. It's $2 to $5," says Monk.

She told us there's never an excuse not to tip.

Monk says, "Well, per etiquette standards, if you are not receiving good service the first thing you should do is talk to management because when you don't talk to management you are not giving that establishment a chance to do better."

Of course, she says, it depends on what your definition of bad service is.

"If you are being disrespected and things are out of hand, that's something totally different but if they didn't fill your water glass fast enough, that's not bad service," Monk says.

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